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Nobody wants to take the blame for dirty water. But that isn’t the only reason we haven’t seen a truck stoppage — and won’t, even if diesel prices hit $5 a gallon. Why? Independent truckers seem to be the most vocal group on this issue, but when has the pain of any group of independent businesspeople been enough to stir more than emotion?

Independent bookstores, independent hardware stores, independent record stores…they’re all practically gone. Sure, we romanticize them occasionally. But we still shop at Amazon, Lowe’s and iTunes. There are plenty of big trucking companies to pick up where the smaller guys drop by the wayside.